Cheesed off
Garius Lupus
Anyone know where these ones comes from? The closest I have found is "brassed off" which apparently came from the Navy when, as a reprimand from a superior, one had to polish all the brass in a ship (supposedly, that's also how superiors came to be know as the "brass"). It would understandably make one angry to have been "brassed off" like that. I'm not sure if this is the correct etymolgy for that phrase, but it sounds plausible.
I'm not sure where/when "pissed-off" originated, but on the issue of "the brass" (or "the top brass"), it comes from "brass hat" which refers to the braided cord (which is also called "scrambled eggs") worn on the hat of those of high military rank.
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